The Execution of William Taylor (1423)


On this day in 1423, the Lollard Priest William Taylor was burnt at the stake for heresy  in West Smithfield (see also posting of December 14th).

Lollardy was a movement that sought to restrict the secular wealth and power of the established church, and to return to apostolic poverty and mission).  It has been described as the “Morning Star of the Reformation”.

The site is visited on our “Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn” standard walk, and on our “Medieval London” and “Rebellious London” themed specials.

Further details of all our walks are available in the Our Guided Walks section of this web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, or by e-mail (

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